Restaurant Reviews

The Hummingbird

March 12, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone got out this weekend (at least those of you in the Bay Area because it was GORGEOUS on Saturday)! In honor of my upcoming trip to New Orleans (if anyone has any restaurant suggestions please comment below) I decided to take a trip to The Hummingbird in Fairfax. The lady who owns and runs it is from New Orleans and it’s been on my “to-try” list forever, so Dennis and I made our way over there on Saturday for Brunch.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Winner.
It was unique and delicious! I love that my palette can take a trip to New Orleans without leaving the Bay Area.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

The owner, who also takes orders, buses tables and greets her guest is busy attending to the loyal customers. It seemed that most people were regulars (always a good sign) and she knew all of them by name.

Expect a wait if you’re coming during brunch hours.

We were a little confused when we walked in, we thought the bar area was first come first serve, but we found out there is usually a list (it had momentarily disappeared) to sign in. Once you put your name, you can wait outside where there are a couple of benches and hopefully lots of sun. Plus, you’re in Fairfax, so if you’re wait is longer than 20 minutes (we were seated within 15 minutes) you can meander through the streets and I’m sure you’ll stumble upon something interesting. The restaurant is very casual (did I mention it’s Fairfax?!?!) so whatever you’re wearing, don’t worry it’s fine… plus you’ll probably get a little powdered sugar on you from all the beignets you’re stuffing in your mouth, so it may help that you aren’t dressed to the nines.

Hours
7 am- 3 pm daily

What we ate:

  • Beignets ($5)
  • Eggs Benedict ($14)
  • Chicken and Waffles ($15)

Thoughts?

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The beignets were perfect, fried and fluffy with lots of powdered sugar (aka heaven).

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The eggs Benedict were great too, the ham was thick, but very flavorful and tender. I really liked the mix of the spinach, tomato and ham. I also appreciated the hash browns, I feel like nobody serves them anymore and I much prefer them to diced potatoes.

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The chicken and waffles was the real gem, the chicken was crispy and moist (and they didn’t skimp on the serving). The waffle was thin, but not lifeless. It was still fluffy and had a delicious, subtle taste. The winner was the homemade spicy maple syrup. It had a mild kick and it brought the whole dish up a notch.

I loved it and I will definitely be back soon! I’m happy to say that The Hummingbird will be a great treat when I come back craving some treats from New Orleans :).

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